Wooden Ships is an interactive visualization designed to educated general users about
pre-industrial oceanic climate patterns. The application introduces users
to a massive dataset of
daily maritime weather and event observations made by
four colonial empires between 1750 and 1850. The visualization highlights both the weather,
allowing users to filter into particular climatological patterns, and daily happenings on board
these shipping vessels, showing geolocated notes taken by the officers. The interface is designed
for exploration -- with numerous filters into different weather variables -- and enjoyment -- letting users read centuries-old shipping logbooks in a twitter-inspired format.
Co-authors on the project: Meghan Kelley and Starr Moss at UW Madison.
This project won first place in the Student Dynamic Mapping Competition at NACIS 2016 in the group division.
National Geographic included this project as one of their Best Maps of 2016